exoplanet similar to planet nine

Hubble discovered an exoplanet similar to the mysterious planet Nine

Scientists have discovered a new exoplanet similar to alleged Planet Nine orbits around a double star nearly 336 light-years away. Scientists have made the discovery using Hubble’s Space Telescope data over a period of 14-years. The exoplanet is called HD 106906 b and is 11 times the mass of Jupiter.

Special features of the planet similar like Planet Nine
  • The planet orbits in an extremely eccentric orbit around pair of stars
  • It takes around 15,000 earth years to complete one orbit around its twin stars.
  • The planet resides extremely fat from its host star (730 times the distance of Earth from the Sun).
  • It was first discovered in 2013, with the Magellan Telescopes at the Las Campanas Observatory in the Atacama Desert of Chile.
How it end up in eccentric orbit

Scientists predicted that when it was formed it was much closer to its host star. But drag within the system’s gas disk caused the planet orbit to decay as a result it pulled inward by twin stars. Then the gravitational effect of two stars kicked it out outwards (nearly out of its system). Then a passing star from outside its system stabilized its eccentric orbit.

In the coming months, Scientists will NASA‘s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope plan to get data on the exoplanet HD 106906 b (similar to Planet Nine) and analyze it further. Webb is more powerful and sensitive to smaller planets like Saturn. It may be able to detect other exoplanets that have been missed by Hubble.

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